Winter arrives soon, but you might not even mind during the next few days.
You can enjoy holiday music, continuing winter activities at the Environmental Education Center, and shop at your local holiday boutiques.
And whatever you do, get there early if you're going to the 21st annual Cookie Walk to benefit the Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills! Despite seemingly endless trays of cookies, they go fast when fans descend at 9 a.m. this Saturday!
The township's first-ever Wreaths Across America ceremony will be held simultaneously with hundreds of other ceremonies across the nation to honor our veterans during the holidays.
Holiday Wreaths for Veterans
Where/When: The historic graveyard at The Presbyterian Church of Basking Ridge at 1 Oak Street in Basking Ridge center. The Basking Ridge Garden Club has coordinated the ceremony, to begin at noon sharp on Saturday.
Why Go: Coordinated with the nationwide Wreaths Across America, the ceremony will honor the nation's veterans — back to the beginning — at the holidays. About 600 ceremonies will take place at the same time.
Where/When: The Somerset Hills YMCA in Basking Ridge will hold its Holiday Boutique from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. this Friday, with local vendors (children’s books, clothing, make up, skin care, jewelry, gourmet foods, etc.), great music, basket raffles and a cash for gold table for cash on the spot.
Why Go: The boutique will benefit the YMCA's dance team. Vendors include local artist Serena Bocchino, who will be selling her children's books, with her daughter, Rachel selling Unique Wrap bracelets and Trendy Tab Bracelets.
Cost: Cost of purchases
Where/When: Doors open at 9 a.m. sharp for 21st annual Cookie Walk at the Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills at 200 Mount Airy Road in Basking Ridge. Hundreds of homemade cookies and treats will be available for purchase by the pound during this unique and popular fundraising tradition.
Why Go: Each year, fans line up to snap up holiday favorites, many of which return year after year. Decorations also are available, including holiday boxwood centerpieces created by the Basking Ridge Garden Club. All proceeds benefit the Adult Day Center at the VNA.
Cost: Priced by pound, and cost of decorations.
Saturday Stories at the Bernards Township Library
Where/When: 10:30 a.m. on the story steps in the Bernards Township Library at 32 S. Maple Ave., Basking Ridge.
Why Go: Stories for the whole family to enjoy.
Where/When: At 7 p.m. at Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church, 45 Church St., in the Liberty Corner section of Bernards Township.
Why Go: To hear the sounding joy repeated at an annual concert, with adult and childrens' choices, handbell ensembles and a chance to join the caroling.
The Nutcracker, Act II
Where/When: At 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Performing Arts Center at Bernards High School, 25 Olcott Ave., Bernardsville.
Why Go: The holiday favorite, as presented by The Repertory Dancers, a professional dance company, and featuring the New York City Ballet's Georgina Pazcoguin as the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Cost: $22 for adults, $16 for seniors, $10 for students, tickets online.
William Annin Middle School Holiday Orchestra Concert
Where/When: 7 p.m. on Thursday at the William Annin Middle School at 70 Quincy Road in Basking Ridge.
Why Go: Support your student musicians and enjoy holiday favorites.
Where/When: The Frost Fest continues at the Somerset County Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge through Dec. 18 at the EEC, 190 Lord Stirling Road.
Why Go: This weekend's theme on Saturday and Sunday has a theme of "get crafty." An ice sculpting demonstration will be held that Sunday, from noon to 3 p.m.
Cost: Free for some events, fee for others.
Annual Christmas Tree Sale at Bishop Janes United Methodist Church
Where/When: The first trees are scheduled to be delivered at 7 a.m. on Saturday. The sale is scheduled for Nov. 26 through Dec. 24, or until trees sell out.
Why Go: There's nothing like a real tree, and this sale goes to support charities and community service projects. The sale has been going on for about 50 years!
Cost: Prices set for individual trees.
Photography 11 Exhibit
Where/When: The monthlong exhibit and sale featuring 28 area photographers will continue on weekends through Dec. 18 at the Farmstead Arts center at 650 King George Road in Basking Ridge. It is open from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Why Go: To view and possibly purchase works by some of the area's most talented photographers.
Cost: Free, bring your wallet.
Wagner Farm Arboretum Holiday Boutique
Where/When: Fridays and Saturdays 10 am. to 5 p.m., Sundays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to Dec. 18 at Wagner Farms Arboretum, 197 Mountain Ave., Warren.
Why Go: Jewelry, artwork and original crafts offered in fundraising project aimed at funding a new greenhouse for the Arboretum. Kristina Lloyd, gallery coordinator with the Farmstead Arts in Basking Ridge, is participating.
Cost: Admission is free.
Breakfast with Santa
When/Where: Sunday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at California Pizza Kitchen in the Bridgewater Commons Mall
Why Go: To eat breakfast pizzas, French toast sticks or pancakes with the big guy from the North Pole, and to donate to charity because a portion proceeds will go to the United Way.
Cost: $8 per person, but children under 2 years of age eat free
When/Where: Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Martin and Edith Stein Assisted Living Residence on DeMott Lane in Somerset.
Why Go: To purchase gifts for those who are important to you from 15 different vendors, and to enjoy the music at 3 p.m. of the The Makhelat Ha’Mercaz. Cost: Free, but bring money to purchase from the vendors.
All You Can Eat Breakfast
When/Where: Sunday at 8 a.m. with the Raritan Knights of Columbus on Anderson Street in Raritan.
Why Go: To enjoy a special holiday breakfast with omeletes, bacon, pancakes, French toast and more, all while supporting the Knights of Columbus and future charity endeavors.
Cost: $8 per person
Kenny G: The Holiday Show
When/Where: Friday at 8 p.m., Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown
Why Go: Because Kenny G's jazzy clarinet gets you in the holiday spirit.
Morristown EMS 3rd Annual Santa Run
When/Where: Saturday and Sunday starting at 10 a.m., all around Morristown
Why Go: You love Santa? Duh! Head to Longfellow's Deli from noon to 1 p.m. for a special Santa stop.
The Nutcracker: A Timeless Tale Revisited
When/Where: Saturday, 2:30 p.m., Morristown High School
Why Go: Because it's the holidays. And, really, The Nutcracker is about as holiday as Charlie Brown's Christmas special.
Holiday Style: A Capella and More
When/Where: Saturday, 3 p.m. at The College of St. Elizabeth
Why Go: You enjoy a capella, and excuses to get into the holiday spirit.
Full Moon Hike
When/Where: Saturday, 6 p.m. at Jockey Hollow, Morristown National Historical Park
Why Go: You want to enjoy the beauty of late fall in Morris County. Hot cider and mulled wine will be served at the end!
Music for the Heart
Where/When: Saturday at 7 p.m. at Temple Beth Am, 879 S. Beverwyck Road, Parsippany
Why Go: To hear the soaring soprano of Cantor Inna Serebro-Litvak accompanied by pianist Iouri Grichetchkine and Adrian Danrov on cello
Cost: $18-$54; call Rich Cantor at 973-541-1600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Reflections on My Life as a Rabbi"
When/Where: Sunday at 9:30 a.m. at the Kinnelon Public Library
Why Go: To listen to Rabbi Sally J. Priesand, the first female formally ordained as a rabbi, speak about her experiences. The presentation is being sponsored by the Jewish Congregation of Kinnelon.
When/Where: Thursday at 7:15 p.m. at 69 Carey Avenue, Butler
Why Go: To burn calories while dancing to latin-inspired music.
Cost: $5 for new students; $10 for everyone else.
Weekend Family Walk
When/Where: Saturday at 1 p.m. at Pyramid Mountain in Kinnelon
Why Go: To enjoy time with your children (all ages are invited) while walking the wooded area of Pyramid Mountain.